Postdoctoral Scholar for Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will become a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world‐class faculty in modern well‐equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross‐disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training.

OIST Graduate University ( is beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, within 1-3 hour flight time from Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. English is the official language. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.


Postdoctoral Scholar in Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


The Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit ( in OIST invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the unit. The successful candidate will work in one of the three interlinked areas in the group: (i) Immuno/DNA diagnosis with micro/nanofluidic devices, (ii) Microfluidics and Rheology, (iii) Interfacial Science. 

Basic responsibilities involve (at least one of the following):

  • Micro/nanofluidic device design and fabrication, MEMs and microheater design and fabrication.
  • Droplet microfluidics and microfluidic mixing. Micro-PIV experiments.
  • Materials characterizations (i.e., rheology, DLS, DSC, SEM, TEM)
  • Biosensor development


  1. PhD and prior experience in one of the following areas: microfluidics, rheology, biophysics, bioassays, biosensors.
  2. Fluency in written and spoken English, with excellent interpersonal skills.
  3. Holding a strong publication record, ability to work independently, and adaptive with new disciplines. Candidates will work in a multidisciplinary group of engineers, physicists, chemists, and biologists.


Full-time, fixed-term appointment for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of 3 years upon satisfactory progress. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).

Starting Date 

March 1 2017 or later

Working Hours 

9:00‐17:30 (Discretionary)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid, welfare pension insurance (kousei‐nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha‐saigai‐hoshou‐hoken)

Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vitae including names and contact information of 3 referees (in English)
  • Cover letter outlining research interests and relevant work experience (in English)
  • Summary of research experience and research plans (in English)

Application Due 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Email Address 

Please submit all required application materials by email to: (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)


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